by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
As summer approaches, perhaps you are beginning to consider a few projects to complete around the house. Last summer my family committed to painting the outside of our house. Due to uneven ground and tall peaks, the process involved the painful necessity of using scaffolding much of the time. The progress was frustratingly slow. An entire day might be spent taking down the scaffolding and setting the scaffolding back up without an ounce of paint brushed on the house. Hours of back-breaking work would result in absolutely no change to the eye of the casual observer. Still, patient perseverance produced an end result that looks great and saved some money. Now with mixed emotions we can plan for the next project as taking care of a house never ends!
Our own spiritual lives, and the spiritual lives of our children, are very much like home construction projects. First, a need for change or improvement becomes apparent. Next, a plan with steps and a timeline is developed in order to begin and complete the project. Through commitment to the plan and hard work the end result is finally reached. Paul writes, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
God’s good work in our lives takes many complimentary forms. His good work is thorough. Lazarus was fully raised from the dead, not partially. He led Church on the Hill to begin and then complete a fully-functioning school. His good work is also ongoing. Israel’s return from exile was the start of an continual process of restoration. Restoration in our own heart is transformative at salvation, yet continues throughout our lives. And His good work includes community. As we look forward to the day of Christ Jesus, we know that the body of believers represent the bride of Christ. The thorough and ongoing work in our lives is intended to be shared and experienced in the lives of others, namely through the saving grace of the gospel.
The nature of construction is that the end result is much more presentable than the messiness of the process. On both campuses, we have experienced first hand how actual physical construction is oftentimes uncomfortable and messy. But if that construction was done in a bubble hidden from our community, many great ideas and solutions to problems would have been unavailable. It is important that we model to our children how our own lives are under construction and how valuable it is to trust God and partner with others. We desire our children to develop that same trust in God as they not only surrender to him, but allow mom and dad and other trusted advisors to guide them through their own construction process.
As you enter the summer season, do not be discouraged by the slowness or messiness of construction on our school campuses, on your own home, or in your own life or the lives of your children. As we align our lives with God’s word and His truth, we always have a partner, even a leader, in the investment of these good works.
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent